Nov. General Election to be primarily Vote-By-Mail

GOV. MURPHY PRESS CONFERENCE – Aug. 14

  • Murphy announced that the Nov. 3 General Election will be primarily vote-by-mail. In addition, there will be secure drop boxes for ballots, and a minimum of one polling place must be open in each municipality where for voters can vote by provisional ballot and hand it to poll workers.
  • All voters will receive a ballot with a pre-paid return envelope. No sample ballots will be mailed. All mail in ballots must carry a postmark by Nov. 3. Ballots must be received no later than 8 p.m., Nov. 10. Ballots without post marks due to postal error, received by 8 p.m. Nov. 5 will be valid.
  • All public schools will be closed to in-person instruction on Nov. 3 so the building can be used as a polling location.
  • The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) will provide $150 million in direct support to colleges and universities to defray the costs of COVID responses. The money will come from the federal CARES ACT.
  • Contact tracers are stating that nearly 20% on those contacted are not answering the call and nearly 50% of those that do, refuse to give any information.
  • Of the 10 deaths noted today, one was from Aug. 12, another Aug. 11, the others from July 21 to Aug. 8. And in the last 24 hours, there have been 4 deaths, but they aren’t on the list today because the test is not confirmed.
  • The state is looking for young, healthy individuals to work as poll workers.
  • As of March 17, those individuals that were formerly incarcerated, are now on probation or on parole, can register to vote. Voter registration deadline is Oct. 13.
  • Murphy said he is going to be very tough and very firm on the US Postal Service to make sure voters can trust that system. There is also an online vote tracker for those mailing in their ballots.
  • Younger healthy individuals are being sought to work as poll workers for the November election to replace the regular workers that are usually older.
  • Ballots will be mailed out the first week of October. If you do not have one by the second week of October, “do something” said Secretary of State Tahesha Way.
  • LOCAL LONG TERM CARE CHANGES: Golden Rehab: +1 resident case (2), +5 staff cases (6); Friends: +1 staff case (32)

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